May 3, 2018
Not the nicest nickname in the world, but when Marcus Camby gives you a nickname you say ‘Thank you, Mr. Camby.’ So yeah, he’s the Hobbit.
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1. THE EAST
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TORONTO-CLEVELAND: LeBron LeBron’d, the Raptors deflated, and Drake made a very ill-advised life choice.
BOSTON-PHILADELPHIA: This is not the Terry Rozier who played at Louisville. Boston a big step up in defense for Philly and it showed in Game 1. Sixers can still win this if they adjust and get more threes from Redick and Belinelli.
2. THE WEST
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HOUSTON-UTAH: Game 1 was the first Utah loss of the year in which they shot 50%+ from the field because James Harden, Chris Paul, and Clint Capela went off. The Jazz fought back to steal a game on the road with Donovan Mitchell running the point and Joe Ingles making everything. Someone should really guard Joe Ingles.
GOLDEN STATE-NEW ORLEANS: Is basically over already. Anthony Davis is fun, though.
NICKNAME QUIZ: Ace mostly stumps Alex, accidentally gives away an answer.
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OKLAHOMA CITY: Unless something very unexpected happens with Paul George, this looks like the end of any hope for OKC to win a title in the era of three MVPs in three draft classes. Melo is so, so washed, also lacks self-awareness.
INDIANA: Everybody comes back. Is Dipo a true franchise player? Ace thinks so, Alex is a little more skeptical. Big question going forward is what to do with young, raw center Myles Turner.
MILWAUKEE: Have they fired Joe Prunty yet? Anyway, this team is mostly locked into a mediocre roster and will go as far as Giannis can take them, though better coaching, especially on defense, could unlock greater potential.
WASHINGTON: Absolutely cap-boned. Poor man’s Grizzliesdom awaits.
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